Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Return The Favor GFC Hop

I am Myranda and I would like to welcome you to Pretty Living PDX! I hope you will stay awhile, so please link up and make some new bloggy friends :)

Welcome back this week for another round of the GFC hop!

Please note that this week will be the last round of the RTF hop, for now anyways.
It is difficult to commit to every week as I get closer to summer and work is busier.
Sorry for any inconvenience but be sure to link up for this last round!

Follow your host & co-hosts
Share the hop with others, whether it be via Twitter, Facebook, your blog, etc!
Come link up with @chelseaoliviaxo for the GFC hop to find new friends!
Take a couple minutes to visit some other people who have linked up and let them know you stopped by from the Return The Favor hop - and hopefully they will return the favor!

Chelsea from Yours Truly
Myranda from Pretty Living PDX
Megan from Shaping Up To Be A Mom
Niki from Glossy Blonde
Whitney from Sippy Cups and Pearls
Kaitlyn from Wifessionals
Leslie from Violet Imperfection
Sharee from Mom Fitting It All In

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Portland has been rainy and cold for the past couple weeks, it has been in the 40's every night...It has been so cold that I am actually looking forward to this forecast.
With this cold and rainy weather comes a craving for soups, bread, and hot chocolate to name a few. With these cravings I worry that my fitness goals and my weight loss will go out the window. I work out outside, I walk/jog with my mom and husband every night, but I have skipped the 2 nights last week (1 of which I ate cake and Starbursts instead of walking). I wish I had a gym membership, or a treadmill but I don't so I plan on bundling up and hitting the pavement, because if I lose 10 pounds by November 7th I get a $20 Target gift card!!! My husband and I set these goals about a month ago and I plan on earning mine, because who doesn't love Target? A crazy person that's who

Question of the Day- How do you workout in the winter?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Favorites

I am excited for Halloween this year! My older girls are going to be bumblebees and the baby will be a zebra. The costumes are all super cute and they were ridiculously inexpensive which you know I LOVE. 

We went to the pumpkin patch over a week ago, but the pumpkins are still sitting on the porch with nothing done to them, however I have found an idea on Pinterest that I may try.

Look at these super cute Halloween Pins from my Holiday Pinterest board
For more fun Halloween ideas check out my Pinterest Holidays Board!

Question of the Day: What are you going to be for Halloween?

Happy Halloween Link-Up Party

Join us October 29th through November 4th to link up all of your Halloween related posts! Share your recipes, costumes, home decor and whatever else it is you're doing to celebrate this Halloween! Then stop by some of the other blogs that linked up for the holiday fun and get some ideas on how to celebrate Halloween next year (or even this year if you're behind on planning!)
  1. Link up your Halloween related posts - any and all of them! All non-Halloween related posts and blog homepage links will be deleted.
  2. That's it! Pretty simple, huh? Check-out some optional things below if you feel like doing a bit more to help spread the holiday fun!
  1. Check out other blog posts! You just may find your new blogging BFF.
  2. Post our button on your sidebar or in your blog post(s) to help promote the link-up.
  3. Check out the other hosts for this link-up! They're pretty awesome, promise. After Nine To FiveAnd Here's To You, Mrs. RobinsonPolkadot PrettiesKrystal's KitschPretty Living PDXWhispering Sweet NothingsThe March OwlWhit SpeaksSquishy Cheeks & CupcakesSabje's BlogKnit, Nicole, Knit

Friday, October 26, 2012

Strike A Pose

Last week I entered 2 of my ladies in the 2012 Children's Place model search, I would love it if you would pretty please vote for them :) Just go here to access the page, then you can use your e-mail to vote :) You can vote daily until October 31st for both of them and as a bonus you can instantly win prizes and coupons!

Charlotte #385738

Leila #386246
Question of the Day: How is your Thursday Friday so far? Apparently I am too tired to remember what day it is.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pinterest Party

Yesterday I did a guest post on Boogies N' Boo-boos about my Pinterest obsession and today I get to feed my addiction further. Link up your Pinterest and find some new boards to stalk follow.

Link-ups are totally awesome! You get some new followers and discover some super-cool people to follow. Each week the Totally Social Link-Up will have a different focus. This is your one-stop-shop for linking up various social media accounts and similar interests. This week we are linking-up  

 Although Washington, D.C. has been hit with weather better associated with summer, our family has been enjoying the changing leaves and looking forward to Halloween! Here are a few of my Fave fall pins!
So true, right?

Just had to share this super-cute mason jar project.

This was a DIY project I ACTUALLY did! Tada!
See more Fall Pins!
Simple Rules:
* Follow a specific board, follow a few that interest you, or follow them all! Be kind and click 'like' for each user you are following in the linky below!
* You must follow your host:
* Follow 3 or more others and get to know them!
* LINK-UP & ENJOY! I’ll be happy to follow all who do! :)
*** Only Pinterest accounts may participate in the link-up. Links to blog pages or other content will be removed without warning. ***
If you are interested in co-hosting a future link party, contact me! Next Week: Twitter

Everyday With Hazel Mae

Today is Wednesday, hump day, halfway to the beloved weekend and today I am sharing with you a post from a blogger who I find quite inspirational, seriously she rocks! Abby has majorly changed her body through eating and exercise, and she looks awesome, here's Abby:
Hello, Hello!  I’m Abby and I write over at the blog, Everyday with Hazel Mae. When Myranda asked me to guest post I thought about what I was going to write. For those of you unfamiliar with me and my blog, I write about fashion, food, being a working mama to my 3 year old daughter Hazel and finding time in my busy schedule to enjoy the little things in life. In July, I made a life change and hopped on the fitness train. I have been taking steps to better my life and lose weight. And I’m feeling pretty great. So, what better topic to write about today?
This post has offered me a chance to dig deep into myself and reflect on my past and future goals and accomplishments. And has also made me think about the challenges I face on a daily basis trying to fit fitness into my daily routine.  Since I am a working Mom and have a 45 minute commute to and from work each day, getting to the gym isn’t always top of mind. But somehow I make it work!
I reached a point about 3 1/2 months ago when I realized, “I can’t live like this anymore.” I think we all encounter this feeling from time to time. For me, I was growing tired of what seemed like a nightly routine of vegetation in front of my TV screen to “unwind”.  I was tired of always feeling tired!
For as long as I can remember, I have not been happy with my body - I have always been complacent. I never really thought about needing to lose weight until after Hazel was born. Before that, I’d give diets a half ass try and then quit because I’d splurge once or twice and look at it like it was the end of the world and then give up. I looked at being a new, nursing mom as I looked at being pregnant: an excuse to eat whatever I wanted! Reality check, those extra calories have to go somewhere (*ahem* my spare tire? You know what I’m talking about ladies!).
I felt I needed to get to a place where I was finally healthy and fit enough to keep up with my running toddler and enjoy the active time we spend together. I want my daughter to grow up with healthy role models and I want her to see that exercise can be fun.  Because it is!
My proudest moment on my weight loss journey so far was running my first (and only so far) timed 5K race. In September, some girlfriends and I did Race for the Cure in downtown Portland. I walked it last year and this year I was determined to do the run. I started running as simple way to get some good high cardio exercise into each day because I didn’t always have the time to go to the gym. I was nervous that I would not be able to do the 3 miles or I’d get intimidated by the other runners and my slow pace - but of course I completed it and it felt awesome. I also do Zumba once a week which has really helped me get out of the house and get my body moving. I love this because its one hour a week where I can totally relax, let my inhibitions go and dance! It’s so fun.

My diet, hands down is my biggest challenge. When I decided that I wanted to lose a good deal of weight I knew that I couldn’t do it alone. I had heard some friends talk about MyFitnessPal and decided to join. MyFitnessPal is an online weight loss program that has a food diary to track calories. I am “allowed” to eat a certain amount of calories per day and this has really helped me focus on the value of what I am eating. I am a snack-a-holic and would just munch on anything I could get my hands on between meals. Now I make healthier choices because I have a better handle on my nutrition. I still allow myself to splurge because if I didn’t I would go insane. I like sweets WAY too much to let them go completely but it is a daily struggle for me. I think that paying attention to the amount of food I eat each day has really contributed to the amount of weight I have lost.
It’s difficult for me to look at this before photo – it was taken only 4 months ago at the end of June. I think it was upon seeing this completely candid picture of me that whipped me into shape and motivated me to get my butt in gear.
My ultimate weight loss goal is 150 lbs. I started out at 189 and I have lost 20 lbs so far. I keep telling myself “You’re half way there! You’ve got this!” And I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Though I am proud of my accomplishments, I know I still have a long way to go. It’s more of a lifestyle change than anything else and I plan to keep this up for the rest of my life. I think I have reached a point where I am ready to commit to a more rigorous workout routine and step my game up a bit in order to get the results I really want. I am finally looking at myself in a new light and am beginning to see the body underneath that I never knew I had.
Does she not look AMAZING? Seriously though she is smokin' head on over to Abby's blog to see more about her and her cute little family.

Don't for get to enter my birthday giveaway, because the prizes are awesome!!
Today I am guest posting at Boogies N' Boo-boos about my Pinterest obsession!
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